Community involvement

Definition and benefits of Play

Play is spontaneous, tamariki-led and directed, freely chosen with no pre-determined outcome, fun, accessible. Challenging, social and repeatable.

It is usually highly active with elements of challenge and risk that test boundaries in an imaginative way. Play allows tamariki the space to practice, learn and develop the skills they need to be active for life including fundamental movement skills, self-directed creativity adn innovation, social and emotional connections, resilience, independence, leadership and informed risk taking.

  • Sport NZ play resources

Children have the right to play and this is encapsulated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child -Article 31: “That every child has the right to rest and leisure to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts”.

  • Article 31 of The Convention on the Rights of the Child

This resource is designed to inspire and guide you in incorporating outdoor play activities that foster creativity and exploration in your children. Get ready to explore, create, and let your child’s imagination run wild in the stunning landscapes of the MidCentral region.

  • Unleash Your Child’s Imagination with Play

Whitney Le Comte

  • 027 721 0134
Sport Manawatū

16 types of play resources

Play Stories

Denise McLean

Denise McLean started REPLAY recycled sports gear in 2017. Orginally started from clearing out her garage it produced a large amount of sport gear no longer used. This was the start of REPLAY and now nearly 5 years later, over 19,000 pieces of sports equipment consisting of balls, boots, bats, sticks, etc have been received throughout Manawatū, Whanganui, Rangitikei, Taranaki and Hawke’s Bay regions.

Jacob Oram

Jacob Oram is an immensenly talented former New Zealand international cricketer, who played all forms of the game for 10 years. He also has a successful career in coaching as the White Ferns assistant coach and also as a cricket commentator and host for Sky Television.

Ways for community to get on board:

  • Sport NZ - Say Yes to Play

Other existing Play opportunities

  • Palmy rocks
  • Passport to Play
  • Palmy Dirty 30
  • Booking YMCA play trailer
  • PNCC playground map
  • Tākaro Tararua - Community Play Trailer
Sport Manawatū

Get in touch with Sport Manawatū to see how we can help you get tamariki active through play



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